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NEWS RELEASE No: 162452 MAY 2014

Join the Forestry Commission for a BioBlitz at Bedgebury!

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Visitors are being asked to join experts at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest in a race to count different species of plants, birds, insects, mammals and fish over 24 hours for their first ever BioBlitz on Thursday 29 May.

Bedgebury’s BioBlitz promises to be an exciting outdoor family event where expert naturalists and members of the public can work together to complete a fast and intensive survey of all forms of life in the National Pinetum. There will be guided walks, talks, and demonstrations, as well as fun activities for the children, all creating a unique opportunity to get up close to some of Bedgebury’s wildlife.

The team at Bedgebury will log everything people find to make a species record which will feed into national databases that monitor our wildlife – demonstrating real citizen science in action.

The Forestry Commission’s Dan Luscombe, Dendrologist at Bedgebury, said:

“At the Bedgebury BioBlitz you will be able to get involved in all kinds of fun and exciting activities and learn how to find and identify the wildlife right on your doorstep. From wild flower walks and bug hunting, to bat detecting and bird watching - there will be something for everyone at the BioBlitz and no expertise is necessary!”

Guided events will need to be booked in advance, however members of the public will also be able to turn up on the day for a series of drop in events, including minibeasting, moth trapping, animal track identification, and craft activities.

Further details and booking arrangements are available from the Bedgebury information office. Please call 01580 879820 or visit

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For more information about Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest please contact:
Sandra Styles, Forestry Commission, 01580 213049,

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About Bedgebury

Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest in the High Weald of Kent is the perfect place for healthy outdoor activity.

Home to the National Conifer Collection, Bedgebury National Pinetum is recognised as the most complete collection of conifers on one site anywhere in the world, and contains over 12,000 tree specimens growing across 320 acres including rare, endangered and historically important specimens. The Pinetum contains some 91 vulnerable or critically endangered species and five NCCPG National Collections (Yew, Juniper, Thuja, Lawson Cypress and Leyland Cypress) as well as some of the oldest and largest examples of conifers in Britain.

The Pinetum provides a beautiful and tranquil setting to enjoy walks and picnics giving enormous pleasure to all those who visit it all year round. This is brought to life with Seasonal Trails which highlight particular points of interest and hidden gems amongst the collection. A network of paths throughout enables easy access for all levels of ability.

Open all year, Bedgebury Forest covers around 20,000 square metres of forest and offers facilities for people of all ages and abilities for walking, family cycling, mountain biking, an adventure play area which is themed around the great plant-hunters of the Victorian era, Go Ape, and horse riding, creating one of South East England’s premier sites for healthy outdoor activity.

Cyclists of all ages and abilities can enjoy the 9km family scenic cycle route through the forest, with a 4km short loop ideal for younger and less experienced cyclists.  A 13km single track mountain bike trail has been specially designed, and recently improved, with built structures designed to challenge a rider's ability and technical skills and provide an exhilarating experience.

Bedgebury offers a unique learning opportunity and is the ideal place for people to learn about trees, the environment and themselves. The dedicated Learning Team provides facilities for staff led and self led group and school visits, self led family trails throughout the Pinetum, and family events throughout the school holidays.

The Visitor Centre serves both the National Pinetum and Forest. It features catering, a cycle hire shop (including adapted cycles), toilets, showers, a bike wash area, a visitor information centre and a classroom/community room.

For visitor information, please call 01580 879820 or visit

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Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest

Park Lane, Goudhurst, Kent TN17 2SL